Upcoming Hulu App Interface Changes Aim to Simplify Navigation and Aid Discoverability

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hulu is about to update its streaming app to make it easier to navigate and discover new content, according to TechCrunch.


    The big change coming in the next few weeks will be to the Hulu Lineup screen that users see when the app is launched.

    Hulu wants to trial two different variations to see which one has the most engagement: a "Hulu Picks" collection that will be curated by staff, and an "Unwatched in My Stuff" option that will show users things in their list that they've yet to watch.


    Hulu told TechCrunch it will test both options with a portion of users in the coming weeks in order to determine which one sees the best response.

    Elsewhere, other upcoming changes will include enabling users to view content while they search the thumbnail interface for something to watch.

    Subscribers can also expect a larger, more prominent "Details" button on content within collections like Kids, News, and Sports. More metadata will be available, too, including things like genre, rating, and release year.


    In addition, the Details button is set to feature quick user actions such as playing the next episode in a series, adding items to "My Stuff," and other show-specific settings.

    When browsing the Live TV channel guide, users will be able to view two weeks ahead, rather than just what's on now and next. In general, users will also see a refreshed palette for the interface, including background artwork and movie posters.

    Article Link: Upcoming Hulu App Interface Changes Aim to Simplify Navigation and Aid Discoverability
  2. HMFIC03 macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2011
    That’s good news. Hulu IMO has the worst UI of all streaming services
  3. mikejd1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2007
    Agreed. I tried it again with live tv for 7 days (I use ps vue) and didn’t even bother continuing the trial after one day.
  4. m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    Hopefully they fixed the issue where even though I try to remove some shows from my favorite list it wont come off the list of favorites even though I checked it off.
  5. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    I hope the new UI will be better. I wondered if they hired the whole new designer team?
  6. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    I’ve been close to cancelling my Hulu subscription because it’s so hard to find things in their “unique” UI.

    So what should be a pleasant, relaxing activity (watching TV) becomes a stressful activity to be avoided.
  7. Ivan0310, Jan 10, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019

    Ivan0310 macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Their's has to be the worst UI--follows all of the tenants of "It doesn't have to work, it just has to look good." Not to mention the stability of their service is ****--my favorite being when the stream playback is fine, but it crashes on one of their ad spots.
  8. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Netflix speak for: “silly human thought My List meant you do the organising of it”. They’re after Recently Watched now. Netflix get worse by the week. Totally anti-user Netflix has become. #deletenetflix

    Netflix will likely add ads any day now, the way they are going.

    Timing is everything. Let’s hope Apple brings a semblance of sanity back to streaming. My list is my list, and recently watched should be organised chronologically. No, ifs ands or buts.
  9. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Yeah, the current GUI is bad. I just use the Apple TV app for searching and such, and play it straight from there.
  10. squirrelist macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2006
    Silver Spring MD
    So so glad to hear this. And the screenshots look like they addressed my two biggest problems with the UI:

    Going back to a grid. I hate that right now it's swipe, see what's on the screen, swipe, see what's on the next screen.

    And making it easy to understand what is selected with a highlight or bold. The current overlining is so confusing. Who overlines?
  11. 0970373, Jan 10, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019

    0970373 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2008
    Can you mark shows as watched yet? It's the simplest of things that Hulu just doesn't want to let you do.
  12. triangletechie macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2017
    Completely agree. I don't want a fancy, flashy setup. I want simplicity to view content.
  13. travis64 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008
    Check out the show Castlerock it’s pretty good
  14. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    It’s kind of funny how the general consensus is how terrible the Hulu app is (which I agree). How does a company release a design like that where people feel it’s almost not useable? Was their feedback so bias during initial testing that they got the wrong idea?

    Any time the UI makes it difficult to browse for new shows and make it seem like Hulu has only 20 shows available, you’ve got a problem.
  15. TimSHB macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2008
    The Midwest
    I like how Plex handles marking shows as watched/unwatched and how their “up next” doesn’t show stuff I’ve watched already. Wish Hulu was the same.
  16. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    Now Hulu needs to get to work on downloading shows for offline viewing.
  17. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
  18. DrKarl macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2010
    Surround sound / 5.1 from Apple TV yet? No. Making the interface more usable is important (was the dumbest interface out there) - but totally non-competitive with Amazon Prime and Netflix by only streaming basic stereo sound. Pretty pitiful.
  19. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I despise the Hulu user interface. Finally they’re doing something about it.
  20. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Well, fortunately there's nowhere to go but up, I guess!
  21. Jdmr1701 macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    The UI is currently GOD LEVEL AWFUL! I don't use it much but it looked like the generic template that you find on a website or UI interface builder. Even the background I swear I have seen in templates. I was exceptionally difficult to find anything. So good to see they will change it, I hope it's much better.
  22. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016

    All I need from Netflix is the most obvious ALREADY WATCHED button!

    there is so much stuff on my list that I have already seen all seasons of but it still shows me the show as „continue watching“ on my list cuz the pilot decided to play again for like 5 seconds.
  23. mattyj2001 macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2015
    Pay a couple bucks more for no ads. I've had a very stable Hulu instance for about a year on two different devices (Apple TV and XBox) and pretty much never have streams crash out.
  24. wasima macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
  25. TechGuy327 macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2014
    I had the same thing happen to me
    I had the same problem. They have an option to add an episode of a show to a list called “My Episodes”. Because one episode was on that list I could not remove the show from Favorites until I remove the episode from My Episodes.

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